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Our Team

The Autoimmune Association team is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with autoimmune disease. Learn more about our staff, Board of Directors, and Scientific Advisory Board.

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Molly Murray

President & CEO
About Molly

Molly Murray serves as President and CEO of the Autoimmune Association were she leads efforts to improve the lives of those living with autoimmune disease by advancing the organization’s four pillars: Advocacy, Services and Education, Public Awareness and Research. She is a career nonprofit and trade association professional who holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, as well as the CAE credential. In her spare time she enjoys staying active outdoors, fostering dogs, traveling and checking out the culinary scene wherever she is.


Laura Simpson

Chief Operating Officer
About Laura

As COO, Laura oversees organizational operations, collaborates with the executive team on finances and compliance, and manages strategic initiatives in mission, program, and stakeholder relations. She’s a numbers nerd, but her real passion is people. In her non-work life, Laura enjoys hosting gatherings, traveling, and exploring new places with her husband Dave and their Boston Terrier Jackson.

Cathy Cruchon

Cathy Cruchon

Vice President, Accounting & HR
About Cathy

Cathy Cruchon is the Vice President of Accounting & Human Resources. She has been with Autoimmune Association since 2007. She has been in the accounting field her entire career and loves working at such an incredible nonprofit organization. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her 2 cats and guinea pigs and plays in a cornhole league.

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Brett McReynolds

Vice President, Public Policy
About Brett

As Vice President of Policy, Brett McReynolds oversees the Autoimmune Association’s public policy at the federal and state level. With a background in academic medicine, long-term care, and chronic disease policy, McReynolds works to ensure individuals with autoimmune disease are given a voice in policy-making. In his spare time he likes to bike around DC and walk his dog, Lola.

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Virginia T. Ladd

Advisor to the President
About Virginia

As Founder, Past President Emeritus and Advisor to the President, Virginia Ladd oversees AARDA’s research and scientific colloquia programs to facilitate scientific research and multidisciplined research information exchange and collaboration. She represents Autoimmune Association on several National Institute of Health’s committees and participates in strategic planning with staff and board leadership to further Autoimmune Association’s mission and service to autoimmune patients and their families.

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Katie Baumer

Director, Marketing Communications
About Katie

Katie Baumer enjoys the challenge of getting the right content, to the right people, at the right time. She’s worked at multiple nonprofits and associations and currently serves on the Communications Professional Advisory Committee with ASAE. In her spare time she likes to relax with her rescue cat Gary and visit New Jersey.

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Aricka Tuttle

Manager, Database & Patient Support
About Aricka

Aricka Tuttle manages the organization’s database, information/donation processing and provides support, resources, and other educational materials to Autoimmune Association constituents.

Aricka has a passion to support and encourage others who are suffering from mental or physical illness. She is certified as a transformational life coach and mindfulness and meditation coach, with an interest in studying holistic health and wellness. Aricka loves to travel, see new places and connect with people from all walks of life.

Amanda Feutz

Amanda Feutz

Manager, Strategic Initiatives
About Amanda

Amanda Feutz plays an integral role in developing and creating projects for the team. She is also the Association’s first point of contact and enjoys the opportunity to hear patients’ stories and the lives impacted by our organization. Amanda has a background in nonprofits and social work. In her spare time, you can find her spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs.

Join our team!

The Autoimmune Association is the world’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to autoimmune awareness, advocacy, education, and research. Join our team and engage in meaningful work that makes a difference!

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The Autoimmune Association is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and association’s achievement, as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family, or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical, and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

Autoimmune Association’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:
Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs.
Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for the diversity.

All employees of Autoimmune Association have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other association-sponsored and participative events. All employees are also required to attend and complete annual diversity awareness training to enhance their knowledge to fulfill this responsibility.

Any employee found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behavior against others may be subject to disciplinary action.

Employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the association’s diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from a supervisor or HR.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors focuses on providing strategic direction for the future of Autoimmune Association and the fight against autoimmune diseases.

Officers of the Board of Directors

President & CEO - Molly Murray

Molly Murray the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autoimmune Association where she leads the organization’s efforts to bring a national focus to autoimmunity, the major cause of over 100 serious chronic diseases.

Prior to joining AARDA, Molly was with the American Medical Association (AMA) where she worked to advance federal and state health care policies and AMA initiatives through partnerships with state medical associations and medical specialty organizations.

Murray’s interest in patient advocacy began early in her career while at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) where she developed advocacy training for grassroots volunteers. These efforts culminated in Celebration on the Hill; a national event that brought together 10,000 advocates from every state and congressional district to Washington, DC to elevate cancer awareness, increase cancer-related research funding and expand access to care.

Chairperson - Richard M. Hodge

Mr. Hodge comes to Autoimmune Association with 30 years’ experience in government and industry as a healthcare administrator, health policy analyst, consultant, and government affairs director. The past years have involved work in healthcare policy, government relations, and advocacy. He is recently retired from his position as Senior Director for Congressional Affairs for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Mr. Hodge began his career in the U.S. Army as a healthcare administrator, where his assignments included Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in the Pentagon, and other locations across the U.S. and overseas. One of his positions after he had retired from the Army was Director of Federal Government Affairs and Public Policy for a pharmaceutical company. This involved advocating for a wide variety of healthcare issues with Congress, the federal departments and agencies, and within the healthcare industry, including national healthcare reform efforts.

Mr. Hodge earned a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Webster University, in St. Louis, Missouri, and a master’s degree in business from Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas. His personal interests include active involvement in veterans’ issues, the Children’s Charities Foundation of Washington, and the annual BB&T Children’s Charities Basketball Classic.

Mr. Hodge says, “I hope to be able to bring my experience, knowledge, and skill set to Autoimmune Association to advance the cause of autoimmune diseases as a member of the Board in whatever capacity I may be helpful.”

Vice Chair - Lilly Stairs

Lilly is recognized as a leading voice in the rapidly growing patient engagement field, regularly lending her experience and expertise via speaking engagements from conferences to Capitol Hill. She has served as an advocate for over a decade, transitioning into patient advocacy after she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases.

Currently, Lilly serves as Founder & Principal, Patient Authentic. Previously, she worked as the Head of Client Relations at Savvy Cooperative, a patient-owned co-op dedicated to giving patients direct ways to share their experiences with health innovators, and advocating that they be fairly compensated for their contributions. Prior to her role at Savvy, Lilly lead Patient Advocacy at Clara Health where she conceived and executed patient engagement strategy and ensured the patient voice remained firmly at the center of the company. She has served in communications and advocacy roles across industry from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to MassBio.

Lilly is proud to serve as a Board Member for the Autoimmune Association and is a Lead Patient Advisor for Clara Health, ZappRx, and Janssen.

Lilly holds a B.A. in Public Advocacy and Rhetoric and Organizational Communication from Northeastern University.

Treasurer - Nona Bear

Ms. Bear, who serves as the Treasurer of the Board, is a nationally known advocate of health care reform and champion of seniors’ issues. Originally an academic who has served on the faculties of several Washington area universities, including American, Howard, and George Mason, her interest in aging began when she was hired to establish a continuing education program at the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home, a facility serving thousands of military retirees.

Seeking effective ways to communicate with and motivate older learners led her to form a research and consulting partnership with public relations expert Lee M. Cassidy. Together they authored Introduction to Marketing to Mature Consumers and established The Mature Market Institute, an organization dedicated to teaching corporate America how to communicate effectively with older Americans. Their corporate clients included Fortune 500 companies and major trade associations.

In the 1980s, Ms. Bear edited three of the most influential publications in the field of aging: Aging Network News, Mature Market Report, and Journal of the Mature Market Institute. She published scores of articles and reports on seniors as consumers and was recognized as an expert in the development of “senior clubs” and other value-added programs targeting niche markets.

Ms. Bear also began to assist nonprofit organizations and industries with educational outreach on a variety of public policy issues primarily focused upon health care. During the early 1990s, her work on Medicare reform brought her to The Seniors Coalition where she served as a spokesperson and advocate, eventually becoming Senior Vice President of the organization. Her work there earned her the Champion of Medicare Award.

In 1998, she was named President and CEO of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance, and she led that organization’s efforts to pass meaningful healthcare reform for Americans of all ages. She also became the national spokesperson for Citizens for Better Medicare and, in 2000, was chosen as its Executive Director. In that position, she traveled throughout the United States speaking to the media, seniors’ groups, and civic organizations about the need for Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Ms. Bear currently is in private practice as a consultant to publications, industry and nonprofits on matters of health care and outreach to specialized audiences. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tulane University and earned a master’s degree from American University.

Secretary - Michelle Ouellet

Ms. Ouellet has volunteered for Autoimmune Association for more than sixteen years, not only as co-founder and president of AARDA’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate but also as an active participant in local resource development and educational events. She also served as the Secretary of the Board for many years. As a member of AARDA’s Ad Hoc Advocacy Committee, Ms. Ouellet has been instrumental in gaining a voice for autoimmune disease and Autoimmune Association on Capitol Hill. She has a deep personal interest in promoting patient education and medical research supportive of the advancement of autoimmune disease treatment.

Ms. Ouellet, a retired senior federal government director, is currently with CACI International, in Arlington, Virginia. Through her various positions over the years, she has gained federal government budget and funding experience and brings strong management and leadership skills and experience to AARDA.

Ms. Ouellet has a BA with special honors in social research from The George Washington University, Washington DC, and is an inactive member of the Federal Bar.

Board of Directors

Quardricos Driskell

Quardricos Bernard Driskell is the legislative and political affairs manager for the American Urological Association (AUA), the premier medical association for advancing urologic patient care. Before the AUA, he worked for two patient voluntary health associations where he advanced the patient voice into policy and research deliberations through services to Congress, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has been responsible for federal lobbying efforts, securing medical research funding and legislation for chronic disease patients, which included fighting cuts in cancer and psoriatic disease research as well as helping to draft legislation designed to establish a council of federal agencies, medical experts and patients tasked with drafting and implementing a national strategy to combat prostate cancer. For his efforts in healthcare government relations, Quardricos has been awarded the Remedy Health Media (Remedy) and New York City Health Business Leaders (NYCHBL) Boldest Digital Health Influencers Awards for 2016 and the National Minority Quality Forum’s inaugural 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Awards, honoring influential young minority leaders making a difference in health care and was recently named 2020 Top Lobbyist by the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics.

He is also an adjunct professor of legislative politics at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He is an opinion contributor for the Washington D.C. top political news site, The Hill. His work and insights have been featured in several national and international news outlets, including the New York Times, Voice of America, NBC News, MSNBC, Religion News Service, the BBC, and Showtime’s Documentary, “The Fourth Estate.” Quardricos is also a member of ASAE’s Government Relations Section Council.

Mr. Driskell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Leadership Studies from Morehouse College; a Master of Theological Ethics in Religion and Society from Harvard University; a Master’s in Legislative Affairs and a Graduate Certificate in Lobbying and Political Action Committees at The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University.

Indie Lee

In 2008, Indie Lee was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor that doctors felt could be environmentally derived and attributed to something as simple as what she was putting on her skin. This was her awakening. After surviving a successful surgery, she embarked upon a new journey, Indie Lee skincare – a clean beauty line dedicated to educating and empowering others to live their healthiest life.

Anna Legassie

Anna is a nationally recognized patient advocate regularly consulting with healthcare start-ups, pharmaceutical companies, and other organizations to incorporate patient values into healthcare design, technology, and policy reform.

Shortly after being diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (SJIA) at age 11, her mother was told by the family’s health insurance plan that coverage for her treatment was denied because arthritis “was not on their list of approved childhood conditions.” From this point on, Anna’s childhood was marked by similar barriers to effective treatments – the consequences of which ultimately shaped her access to educational and professional opportunities into adulthood.

Today, Anna works as the head of strategy and development for a health economics and policy research center driving a research agenda that elevates patient engagement in value assessment in healthcare – working to ensure that the barriers to treatments that she’s experienced are addressed on a system level. Anna serves as co-chair of the Tufts Medical Center Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) and is on the patient advisory board of Clara Health. She previously served on the Massachusetts Leadership Board of the Arthritis Foundation and also serves on the Foundation’s National Advocacy Committee.

Anna holds a B.A. in Hospitality Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Robert H. Phillips, Ph.D.

Dr. Phillips, a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice since 1975, is founder and director of the Center for Coping, in Hicksville (Long Island), New York. This unique organization specializes in working with individuals and families who are looking to improve their ability to cope with medical illnesses, stress, family concerns, and other life problems. A prolific writer, having authored more than 30 books and many articles on coping with physical ailments and other psychological topics, Dr. Phillips is also a popular speaker on the subject. He gives generously of his time to Autoimmune Association events, and he is a longtime Autoimmune Association Scientific Advisory Board member.

In addition to his volunteer work with AARDA, Dr. Phillips has served on the Board of Directors of the national Lupus Foundation of America and the Nassau Chapter of the American Heart Association. He serves on medical advisory boards of, and is the psychologist for, a number of major local and national organizations.

Dr. Phillips received his Ph.D. from Fordham University. He is affiliated with several major professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Phillips brings to the Autoimmune Association Board of Directors strengths in organizational development and enhancement as well as public awareness activities. In his expanded work with AARDA, he plans to continue his presentations at public forums and additional venues to help “deliver the message” and promote the mission of the organization. Dr. Phillips sees his role in Autoimmune Association as focusing on the liaison between the medical, research, and organizational components of AARDA’s activities and the consumer advocacy and coping needs–among others.

Linda J. Roelans

Linda is an attorney with Rossman, P.C., where she is a litigator and heads the corporate counseling and crisis group. Linda recently participated in the State Bar of Michigan Third Annual Symposium on Corporate Oppression.

Prior to law school, Linda gained significant experience in the business world, having spent several years in business management positions in Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University, where she earned a double major in both Spanish and Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology. Linda also worked at Autoimmune Association as the Patient Education Program Specialist.

Linda was a Board of Governor’s Scholar at Wayne State University Law School, earning a full-tuition scholarship for high academic achievement and graduating Cum Laude in 2018 in the top tier of her class. She further distinguished herself in the art of trial practice while in law school, winning first place in the all school mock trial competition and also achieving a position on the school’s national competition trial team. She served as an Assistant Editor for the school’s Journal of Law in Society and was a Board member of the Women’s Law Caucus and the International Law Student’s Association, while working for the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic.

The daughter of a Detroit Fire Chief, Linda was born and raised on the eastside of Detroit, later moving to Grosse Pointe Farms. Linda was inspired by her firefighter-father to pursue a vocation that facilitated her involvement in the community and provided her with the opportunity to advocate for people in their darkest hour.

Mirta Avila Santos

Mirta Avila Santos, MD is Executive Director of the American Behcet’s Disease Association and a nationally known speaker and patient advocate for autoimmune and rare disease patients.

Sloane Salzburg

Sloane is Vice President at Horizon Government Affairs. She specializes in health policies related to Medicare Part D, medication adherence, drug pricing, precision medicine and general health reform as well as third party alliance building and coalition management. Within Horizon, Sloane serves as Vice President of HGA’s coalition on health care affordability, the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, and runs its Campaign for Transformative Therapies, which is targeted at improving access to gene therapies.

Prior to joining Horizon in 2013, Sloane worked as a Health Policy Fellow for U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey. Sloane holds a Masters of Science in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University and a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from the University of Florida. She has also been an Adjunct Professor in Biology at Daytona State College, an Emergency Room Technician, and completed field research on American alligators. She also volunteers for the Make A Wish Foundation.

Scott Selby

Scott Selby is the President and Co-Founder of StoneHawk Capital Management, LP in Kansas. Previously, Scott was in business development for Varadero Capital, L.P., the Director of Marketing and Client Relations at Apis Capital Advisors, LLC and Vice President at Ingalls & Snyder, LLC focused on Business Development. Prior to joining Ingalls & Snyder, Scott spent six years in Research Equity Sales at Instinet. He started his career at Thompson Financial in the Capital Markets Intelligence Group and was a member of the manufacturing team.

In addition to his volunteer work with AARDA, Scott serves on the Development Board for Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts and helps to run the annual Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint golf outing.

Scott holds a BA in History from Kenyon College and was captain of the Men’s Basketball team.

Scott Williams

Scott Williams is currently Head, Global Public Affairs, Rare Diseases and Rare Blood Disorders at Sanofi Genzyme.

Scott is actively sought out as a speaker and resource on health issues by the media, policymakers, public health professionals, physician key thought leaders, and patient advocacy leaders. He has been featured as an expert in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, Baltimore Times, Medicare Reimbursement Weekly, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, St. Petersburg Times, Inside CMS, Dallas Morning News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among others.

Scott has been a peer reviewer and contributing author to the American Journal of Men’s Health, a SAGE Publication. He also founded the Men’s Health Caucus within the American Public Health Association. Scott is a former member of the Moravian College Alumni Association Board. Scott is currently a member of the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Sanofi Genzyme, Scott was Vice President, Head of Global Patient Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships at EMD Serono, Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), Senior Vice President at Men’s Health Network (MHN), Public Relations Manager for Sanofi Pasteur in Swiftwater, PA, and Senior Analyst of Strategic Services at PharmaStrat, Inc. based in Flemington, NJ. Scott received his BA in Political Science with Honors and a minor in Business Management from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Scott also has a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from American University in Washington, DC.

Advisors to the Board of Directors

David Bammert

Dave has 30 years of experience in public and private sector development, including fund development, philanthropic donor research, marketing and recruitment, and grant writing. He has a proven record of engaging donors to advance research and designing educational and advocacy experiences to connect researchers with various communities.

Dave received an A.A. In Marketing from Finlandia University and a B.S. in Communications and a M.S. in Training and Performance Improvement from Northern Michigan University.

Stephanie P. Hales

Stephanie is a Partner at Sidley Austin LLP in the Healthcare and Government Strategies groups in the Washington, D.C., office. She focuses her practice on healthcare regulatory, compliance, and legislative matters, including strategic counseling in connection with public policy proposals and implementation issues. Ms. Hales has experience in federal healthcare program coverage and reimbursement issues; government price reporting; healthcare compliance programs; managed care contracting; government agency and congressional investigations; and healthcare fraud and abuse.

She has advised numerous clients on a broad range of provisions in the 2010 healthcare reform legislation (the Affordable Care Act (ACA)) and related implementation issues, including changes to the Medicare, Medicaid, and 340B programs; the annual fee on brand-name prescription drugs; the development of the ACA-created Exchanges and Essential Health Benefits package; administrative simplification provisions and HIPAA amendments; increased transparency requirements under the Sunshine Act; and other reforms affecting government healthcare programs and the commercial insurance market.

Ms. Hales represents a wide range of clients, including pharmaceutical and biologics manufacturers, durable medical equipment suppliers, patient advocate organizations, hospitals, and physician practices. She also has represented a number of individuals on a pro bono basis in matters challenging Medicaid coverage denials, appealing disability benefits denials, and seeking relief in connection with criminal justice issues.

In spring 2012, she served as adjunct faculty for a graduate-level health policy course, titled “The Future of American Health Care System: Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act,” offered through the University of Pennsylvania Department for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Hales served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2007-2008 Term). She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2007. During law school, she was an Executive Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and an advocate, shift supervisor, and board member for the Custody & Support Assistance Clinic at Philadelphia Legal Assistance.

While completing her law degree, Ms. Hales also earned a Master of Biomedical Ethics (M.B.E.) from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics.

Artie Shelton

Dr. Shelton received his BS, MS, and MD degrees from Howard University. He received the Upjohn Research and Scholarship Award from Howard University College of Medicine in 1974. He did his internship and residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He received fellowship training in Adult/Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at National Institute of Health, Children’s Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has held teaching positions with the City College of Chicago, Bremerhaven West Germany, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; the University of Oklahoma; and Texas Tech University Science Center in El Paso, TX.

Colonel Artie L. Shelton, MD, USA Retired, served 21 years of honorable and distinguished service in the U.S. Army with various assignments in CONUS (Continental United States) and overseas. Dr. Shelton’s military career has been distinguished by appointments as the foreign travel medical escort physician to the Congressional and Senate leadership and personal physician to the Army’s Chief of Staff. He served as Commander, Pentagon Army Health Clinic; Chief, Department of Primary Care and Community Medicine; Chief, Department of Medicine, USA MEDDAC and Chief, Professional Service in Bremerhaven, West Germany; Assistant Chief, Department of Medicine and Chief Allergy/Clinical Immunology at Martin Army Hospital at Fort Benning GA; Assistant Chief Allergy/Clinical Immunology at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX; Physician Consultant to the Defense Medical System Support Center (Composite Health Care System). In addition, he served as PROFIS Commander 42nd Field Hospital, Fort Knox KY. In 1993, he deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia where he served as the 42nd Medical Task Force Commander.

COL Shelton’s military awards include The Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 Oak Leaf), Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf), National Defense Service Medal W/Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Reservist Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Order of Military Medical Merit; Combat Patch Third Army-Operation Restore/Continue Hope, Mogadishu Somalia; United Nation’s Logistics Support Command Somalia Certificate of Appreciation; United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM) II Force Commander’s Commendation.

Dr. Shelton served fourteen years as a consultant to the Department of Veterans Affairs to include (Director Organ Transplant Program budget $24 million). Dr. Shelton was appointed as a Secretarial appointee on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans. Dr. Shelton is currently Director Veterans Health Council of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Chair of the National Scientific Advisory Board

Betty Diamond, M.D.

Dr. Diamond, Chair of AARDA’s National Scientific Advisory Board, is Head of the Autoimmune Disease Center at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, in Manhasset, New York, and professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. She has dedicated her professional career to patients with lupus.

Prior to accepting her current position, Dr. Diamond served on the faculty of Columbia University and was Chief of Rheumatology at Albert Einstein where she aggressively developed clinical care programs for the economically disadvantaged. At Einstein, she headed the M.D./Ph.D. program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

As a researcher, Dr. Diamond’s studies in the areas of lupus in women, the role of autoantibodies in lupus, and the cognitive effects of lupus have helped define how researchers and physicians understand the disease.

In 2006, Dr. Diamond was elected to the Institute of Medicine. She also serves on the Scientific Council of the NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and on the Board of Directors of the American College of Rheumatology.

Dr. Diamond is a graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Medical School, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her postgraduate training included serving as Resident in Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology, Department of Cell Biology, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Diamond has had a long and varied career as physician, researcher, and educator. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology, the Honorary Alumna Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the 2008 Evelyn V. Hess Research Award granted by the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA), recognizing a lifetime of achievement in lupus research. Dr. Diamond’s work has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed journals, articles, and books.

Scientific Advisory Board

Our Scientific Advisory Board provides guidance on our research and scientific programs and priorities.

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board

Betty Diamond, M.D.
Center Head
Department of Autoimmune Diseases
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT: Betty Diamond, Ph.D.: As a researcher, Dr. Diamond’s studies in the areas of lupus in women, the role of autoantibodies in lupus, and the cognitive effects of lupus have helped define how researchers and physicians understand the disease.

Board Members

Professor Jean-François Bach, M.D., D.Sc.
Secrétaire Perpétuel
Academie Des Sciences

Patrizio Caturegli, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology, Endocrinology, and Pathology
Director, Center for Autoimmune Disease Research
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Lucienne Chatenoud, M.D., Ph.D.
Service D’Immunologie
Hopital Necker Enfants Malades

Professor Maurizio Cutolo, M.D.
Professor of Rheumatology
Director Research Laboratory and Division of Rheumatology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Genova

Luis A. Diaz, M.D.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Dermatology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Robert A. Eisenberg, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

M. Eric Gershwin, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.R.
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
The Jack and Donald Chia Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology
University of California at Davis

David A. Hafler, M.D., FANA
Chair, Department of Neurology
Neurologist-in-Chief, Yale New Haven Hospital
Professor of Neurology
Professor of Immunobiology
Yale School of Medicine

TWJ Huizinga, M.D.
Professor Chairman
Department of Rheumatology
Leiden University Medical Center

Andrea Knight, M.D., M SCE
Clinician-Investigator in the Division of Rheumatology
Associate Scientist in the Neurosciences and Mental Health Program
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Steven A. Krilis, Ph.D.
Department of Immunology, Allergy, and Infectious Disease
The St. George Hospital

Parviz Lalezari, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Department of Pathology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Robert Phillips, Ph.D.
Center for Coping

Eline T. Luning Prak, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Perlman School of Medicine

Jerrold R. Turner, M.D., Ph.D.
Prof. of Pathology
Bingham And Women’s Hospital

About Us

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